Worth the 3 hour trip from NC!
November 5, 2018
A few weeks ago we took a day trip, from the Raleigh NC area to buy a 2015 certified pre-owned Civic from Checkered Flag Honda, 197 miles away. Why? The day before, we drove a 2014 Civic at a local Carmax. We loved the car but we weren't sure about the deal we would be getting. We came home and did a 200 mile search on the internet to see what else was available. We found a 2015 at Checkered Flag that had 12,000 fewer miles, was $900 less, AND it was a certified pre-owned! We read all the great reviews and Larry Brown's name kept getting mentioned, over and over. The next day, I called as soon as the dealership opened to check to see if the car was still available before making the trip, and Larry Brown answered the phone. He said he was scheduled to be off, but come in to work a few hours. It felt like it was meant to be! I have good credit, but life circumstances have resulted in a high debt-to-income ratio, so I mentioned that I wasn't sure I would be able to get a loan. Larry took basic information from me and called back very quickly saying we could work it out. We jumped in our car and headed to Va. From start to finish we had a good experience in regards to everything that was under the Checkered Flag's staff's control. Carl Dyson greeted us as soon as we entered the showroom. We told him we were there to see Larry and he assisted by letting Larry know we were there and telling us where we could wait. Larry was genuine and accommodating through the entire process, start to finish, as was Chad Frick who spent time with us as well. We were there on an unusually busy Sunday, and a couple of customers were ahead of us waiting to work with Financial Manager Samuel Custodio even by 6:00, when the dealership closed. Larry and Chad stayed with us and maintained the best attitudes, in spite of the circumstances. We finally met with Samuel, who also still was smiling, personable and took the time to fully explain our various options in spite of it being three hours past closing by the time he was working with us. I also felt Samuel was honest about the various service/maintenance options available to us and which ones would be most suited to us/our needs. In summary, the "Fast" part was not so applicable for us but, again, this was outside of the staff's control. The "Simple" and "Smart" definitely applied! I am a single woman who was buying this car with my teen aged daughter. I never felt like I was being misled or taken advantage of during any part of the process, start to finish. I would definitely recommend this dealership based on their better value and customer service. I would not hesitate to make another 3 hour road trip to buy another Honda from Checkered Flag!